A hospital in Oswestry has had a new £15,000 pool hoist installed after its old equipment began encountering problems.
The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) specified a manually operated hoist to help people get in and out of its hydrotherapy pool after the original electric hoist, which was about 13 years old, suffered moisture damage.
Staff and Oswestry Disabled Swimming Club volunteers will operate the hoist using a winding handle.
Victoria Sugden, charity director of the League of Friends, which funded the hoist, said on hearing about damage to the previous hoist the group as “keen to avoid this problem again which is why we decided to go for a manual hoist”.
Meanwhile, Lorraine Lewis, service manager for therapies, said she was thrilled when the League of Friends agreed to purchase the hoist. The news came after the old one had been out of order for some time, seriously impacting on users of the pool.
“This is great news; the hoist enables our spinal injuries patients to have full use of the pool again as it provides a crucial part of their rehabilitation programme,” said Lewis.